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‘The little fighter’: Baby born at 8 OUNCES defies odds

‘Even children with a birth weight of 14 ounces rarely survive.’

Little Emilia Grabarczyk was born weighing only 8-ounces after a premature birth.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Emilia’s mother, Sabine Grabarczyk, was only 26-weeks along when it was discovered the placenta wasn’t providing Emilia with enough nutrients.

At that age, Emilia should have weighed 21-ounces but her tiny body led doctors to suggest a C-section.

When she was born, Emilia weighed 8 ounces and was 8.6-inches-long.

She spent the first few weeks fighting for life at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, where Dr. Bahman Gharavi, the Head of the Children and Youth Clinic kept a close eye.

According to The Sun, Charavi explained: “Even children with a birth weight of 14 ounces rarely survive. We have to thank Emilia as well for her own survival. She is a little fighter.”

Doctors feared baby Emilia wouldn't survive (CEN).

Doctors feared baby Emilia wouldn’t survive (CEN).

Sabine Grabarczyk, Emilia’s mother, described the difficulties she faced while watching her tiny daughter, whose foot was about the size of a fingernail, fought to survive.

“There were many difficult days,” she said. “And many tears, but she clearly wanted to survive.”

Emilia was fed with a tiny feeding tube and doctors dipped a cotton bud in sugar water to soothe the child and ease her pain.

When she reached 12-ounces, Emilia was put through an abdominal surgery, which she recovered from and continues to show promise.

Now nine-months-old, Emilia weighs 106-ounces and doctors report her physical conditioning continues to improve.


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